Dee J

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  1. On friendly terms with any trades people? Get your friendly carpet fitter or whatever to sign in and give it a once-over and some discrete photography....
  2. Dee J

    Warm roof insulation

    If you have a void between two layers of insulation, do you ventilate it? If so do you ventilate to the cold side, with heat loss issues, or the warm side, with condensation issues? Or try to keep the void airtight? Isn't insulation simpler in one thickness?
  3. Rather than find the studs, locate the plasterboard screws with a powerful magnet. Far more precise.
  4. If you're on really good terms with your neighbour then I can't see how the party wall act would apply: The Party Wall etc Act 1996 provides a framework for preventing and resolving disputes in relation to party walls, boundary walls and excavations near neighbouring buildings. A building owner proposing to start work covered by the Act must give adjoining owners notice of their intentions in the way set down in the Act. Seeing as it's prime function is to manage relationships and avoid disputes. If you're both entirely happy about the development and there's planning consent then what else is needed. But I'm amazed your neighbour is so chill.
  5. So you want to attach steel to your neighbours property without a formal agreement? Sounds like a shaky proposition to me. And surely the purpose of using the steel is to avoid connection with the neighbours property and should be self supporting.
  6. See a lot of concrete panel builds in the Netherlands. Typically looks like passive slab, precast wall, floor and roof panels (with service conduits included). External insulation, then decorative cladding. Quite what the economics are I don't know but looks to be fast build. Think some of it might be just a culture/tradition thing. Many southern European countries use a lot of cast in situ stuff... we tend to use pre-fab timberframe +brick cladding. Each system has a very different skill mix, but all seem to produce reasonable builds at not dissimilar prices.
  7. One of several examples:- TLC-direct LT USF30MCW 30w LED Ultra Slim Sensor Floodlight - Cool White
  8. IP65 seems extremely optimistic for a lamp with an external sensor. That knuckle join supporting the sensor is the usual culprit. I don't fit that pattern any more...Too much trouble and call-backs. I much prefer units with the sensor built into the lamp and all setup done via a remote control.
  9. Nothing short of encapsulating the oak in plastic would stop that. You're dealing with natural materials. Oak is probably the most susceptible timber to choose too. Beech would have been less troublesome.
  10. Standard reaction of iron and tannin in oak in the presence of moisture. Oxalic acid will bleach it out.
  11. Seems like very competitive prices, especially for the two smaller jobs. I wouldn't do it for that!
  12. Our meeting with them was very positive. Really seemed like folk we could work with. Sadly it wasn't to be, legal issues with the title of the plot caused us to cancel the project, and shelve the idea of any build project. Good luck.
  13. Metal back boxes on noggins have a few advantages... allows first fix to be finished before the boarding starts, avoids having board fixers position the boxes, provides a solid fix for accessories and allows thin accessories sit tight to the wall. But as an electrician I'm happy to discuss options with the customer and work accordingly.
  14. I asked my sparky about these --he was in for a puncture repair "do not use --can cause condensation in certain circumstances Not used them yet, so interesting to have some feedback. Not sure under which circumstances they could cause condensation, I guess if they somehow bridged to a colder part of the structure...
  15. Builders, self-builders and diy-ers often bring this upon themselves. Electricians and plumbers often find themselves brought into a fait accompli of structure and studwork where little or no consideration has been given to location of services, and with a limited time and budget for first fix. At least as an electrician I have some options on cable runs. Seen some awful drainage runs where the plumber has been boxed into a near impossible situation. A favourite challenge is the steel entirely filling a void right across the middle of a building with closely spaced timbers either side.